Most of us know that living a healthy lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing to do, and the sad truth is that many of us simply feel just too busy in life to implement any healthy changes. It’s not necessarily that you don’t have the motivation or you don’t want to have a better lifestyle – it’s simply that you don’t feel you have the time to make the required changes in order to turn your lifestyle around (because, yes, it does take time and mental energy to make positive changes!)
But you CAN turn things around if you change your mindset and the way you’re going about things. Here’s how…
1) Make small changes
You don’t have to completely revamp your lifestyle overnight. In fact, with your current work schedule and other things going on, you may never be able to achieve your ideal lifestyle. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to become one of those people who goes to the gym at 5am every morning and manages to drink enough water throughout the day. Start with simple changes, such as eating a healthier breakfast or taking the stairs up to the office. Smaller really is better than nothing, honestly!
2) Find a buddy
Rather than trying to make a change on your own, find somebody to do it with you. This could be your partner, your best friend, a neighbor or the entire family. When you are all making lifestyle changes together, it’s not only easier to stick to it, but also to get the support that you need during tough times.
3) Remember it’s not just about physical health
Living a healthier lifestyle isn’t just all about losing weight, exercising more and eating better foods. It’s also about your mental health, so you can think about ways in which to improve this too. Spend an hour just once a week after work to meditate, have a drink with some friends or even attend talking therapy sessions if you feel you have things to offload throughout the week. Still feel too busy? Well this is exactly why you need this time out. Everyone can prioritize 10 minutes a day for some quiet time, and you really must if you’re feeling frazzled. The rest will follow.
4) If you don’t succeed, try again!
Starting a new diet on Monday might seem like a great idea, but if you’re feeling like giving up by the time you get to Wednesday, don’t worry about it. Allow yourself time to ease into a healthier lifestyle, and be patient with yourself too. And, if you fall off the wagon, just put it behind you, get back up and start again. A healthy lifestyle is something that you should be able to keep for the rest of your life – it’s not a short term fix.